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This Week on Xbox: February 23, 2018

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Now Available Worldwide on Windows 10 PCs Welcome back to history! Today is an exciting day for us at Microsoft, as we celebrate the legacy of Age of Empires with today’s release of Age of Empires: Definitive... Read more: This Week on Xbox: February 23, 2018

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Punishing Platformer Roguelike Xenon Valkyrie+ Available Now on Xbox One

A few months ago, I was contacted by a Spanish game developer, Daniel Fernandez Chavez (Diabolical Mind), who had created an interesting game for the PC. Considering we use the same middleware (GameMaker Studio), he figured I could port and publish his game on consoles. I accepted! Xenon Valkyrie+ is a platformer roguelike in the same vein as Spelunky, with a sci-fi twist involving RPG elements such as experience levels, items, and equipment. Choose between three characters with special abilities to survive through the randomly-generated levels, talk with NPCs to progress through the story and be one of the few players to see all the multiple endings. You'll need as much experience as... Read more: Punishing Platformer Roguelike Xenon Valkyrie+ Available Now on Xbox One

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Retro-Future Survival Management Game Symmetry Now Available on Xbox One

The first time we thought about creating Symmetry was during one evening when we played a board game called "K2," in which the main goal was to ascend the mountain summit and bring the whole team back to the base safely. Once we mixed the concept with our love to sci-fi themes, we could begin our work. At first, we gave the game a working title Furnace, a while later it was changed to The Last Day. It was only in pre-alpha development stage that we came up with the name Symmetry, that really stuck with us and was a perfect fit. Before the first public display of the early Symmetry version, which happened on Poznan Game Arena in 2016, we decided that we’re going to leave the fate... Read more: Retro-Future Survival Management Game Symmetry Now Available on Xbox One

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Fortnite Battle Royale – Battle Pass Season 3 is Live on Xbox One

Season 3 of Fortnite Battle Royale has launched an all-new space-themed Battle Pass! We also released our massive v.3.0.0 update which includes a whole slew of new features and improvement that every Victory Royale seeker will appreciate. With v.3.0.0, all Xbox One and Xbox One X players will now be able to experience Fortnite at 60 fps! Players will now default to buttery smooth framerates and visuals tuned specifically for Xbox One and Xbox One X. If you want to play with an even higher level of graphics, you can toggle the 60 fps feature as a trade-off. Providing a smooth experience while maintaining a high level of graphics will continue to be our goal with this feature as we... Read more: Fortnite Battle Royale – Battle Pass Season 3 is Live on Xbox One

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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Available Now on Xbox One

Calling all Gun Gale Online Players! It’s been a long time coming, but Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is finally available on Xbox One. In the newest video game of Reki Kawahara’s fan-favorite franchise, you will venture into the futuristic world of Gun Gale Online, a dangerous landscape fraught with peril like supersonic flying bullets, quick photon swords, and powerful rocket launchers. With interactive environments and challenges to conquer, you’ll need to be tactful and strategic to complete your story. Let’s FullDive into the best parts of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. Your Heroic Tale   Yup, that’s right Kirito fans – the story isn’t about our favorite Beater... Read more: Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Available Now on Xbox One

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Return to Albion for Free and Make Your Fable Fortune

After seven months working closely with the feedback of our dedicated Xbox Game Preview users, we’re excited to not only announce Fable Fortune is graduating with version 1.0 from Game Preview to a full release -- and the game will be free starting today, February 22 for Xbox One and Windows 10. We’ve been celebrating amongst our established Founders with a little event we’ve called the Road to Release, but we’re very excited to welcome in new swathes of Heroes! To keep the festivities going, we have a packed line-up of special launch events extended out to everyone who logs into the game throughout the first 10 days of card-based frivolities: Many Happy Returns: Log-in... Read more: Return to Albion for Free and Make Your Fable Fortune

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Xbox One Storytellers: MachineGames Talks Wolfenstein

It's hard to match the narrative scope and immersive experience that a compelling story-driven game has over other storytelling mediums, allowing players not only to fall into the world of a well-crafted story but to experience it firsthand. These types of games can empower someone with a new perspective, or let us live a double-life as a superhero. Narrative-driven games allow us to become someone we're not, which is perhaps the biggest reason we enjoy these experiences. Now, with the power of Xbox One X, creators are able to bring us even closer to their vision. With our Xbox One Storytellers series, we'll sit down with some of the industry's greatest creators to talk about the strength... Read more: Xbox One Storytellers: MachineGames Talks Wolfenstein

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Creators Corner: Dreaming Sarah

Xbox Live Creators Program empowers passionate developers everywhere to share their games with the world. In the Creator’s Corner series, Xbox Live Creators Program developers will share what inspires and motivates them to design and create their games, what challenges and creative solutions they pursue to bring their games to fruition, and how they leverage Xbox Live capabilities to enhance their games for Xbox. Today, we’ll be chatting with Andre Chagas about his experience creating and bringing Dreaming Sarah to the Xbox audience. Tell us about your developer journey -- what inspired you to start developing games and what continues to motivate you? My developer journey... Read more: Creators Corner: Dreaming Sarah

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Turning Jurassic World and Jurassic Park into Prehistoric Pinball Perfection

Greetings from Zen Studios! As you may know, we launched Pinball FX3 last fall alongside three great new tables in the Universal Classics Pinball collection. Half the fun of creating new experiences based on "Back to the Future," "E.T.," and "Jaws" came from conceptualizing how we would represent your favorite scenes from those movies in pinball form. Your kind reviews make us feel like we did a pretty good job there—and we’re not done adapting iconic Universal films yet! My friends… Welcome to Jurassic World Pinball. Don’t let the name of this three-pack fool you! In addition to Jurassic World Pinball, we’ve also got two more: Jurassic Park Pinball and Jurassic Park... Read more: Turning Jurassic World and Jurassic Park into Prehistoric Pinball Perfection

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Sci-fi Mystery The Station Available Now on Xbox One

I can’t express how excited I am for you to jump into the mystery adventure of The Station and solve what happened onboard a futuristic space station, sent to research a newly discovered sentient alien civilization. After losing contact with the crew, you’re sent to investigate and will discover a mystery that will decide the fate of two civilizations. We’re throwing you straight into an immersive mystery experience focused on heavy atmosphere and a gripping story. What awaits you onboard is a tale you’ll be thinking about for days to come. Built by a team of triple-A veterans, we came together to fuse the top industry talent with the indie game format. Most of us are... Read more: Sci-fi Mystery The Station Available Now on Xbox One

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Xbox Live Sessions: Chandler Riggs and Brendan Greene to Play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One X

Xbox and “The Walking Dead” fans, get ready for another epic Xbox Live Sessions featuring Chandler Riggs! Chandler will join the interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel on Thursday, February 22 at 2 p.m. PT to take on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Xbox One X. Chandler, who stars as Carl Grimes on “The Walking Dead,” makes his second appearance on Xbox Live Sessions ahead of the hit series mid-season return on February 25. He’ll be joined by PUBG Creative Director Brendan Greene, also known as PlayerUnknown, who will share his gameplay tips and answer fan questions during the stream. Over the last few months, PUBG has reached incredible milestones,... Read more: Xbox Live Sessions: Chandler Riggs and Brendan Greene to Play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One X

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The Ys Series is Coming Soon to Xbox One with Ys Origin

We’re really happy that Japanese RPG lovers will soon be able to play this amazing game series on Xbox. Created more than 30 years ago by Nihon Falcom, Ys is one of the greatest game series ever -- the first episode was originally released on the NEC PC-8801 -- and as you can see by looking on the internet, this is some old-school hardware. We’ve been working on the Ys series with Falcom for many years and we’re proud to be part of such an adventure, bringing these great games to fans and new players alike. Ys Origin takes place 700 years before the events of the series’ first games. The land of Ys is on the brink of destruction. Demons come in droves, forcing the twin goddesses... Read more: The Ys Series is Coming Soon to Xbox One with Ys Origin

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Five Tips to Mastering Single-Player in Metal Gear Survive

With the launch of Meal Gear Survive, you can now experience the full depth of the game’s features, mechanics, and modes. Even if you already played co-op during Metal Gear Survive’s beta, the single-player experience brings new elements of exploration and survival accompanied by Metal Gear's signature stealth-action gameplay. Effectively navigating through its many feature sets will only set you up for success in co-op. So, to help you get started here’s five essential tips and tricks to guide you through the Metal Gear Survive’s single-player campaign: One of the biggest hurdles you’ll face early on will be managing your hunger and thirst – this is a survival game... Read more: Five Tips to Mastering Single-Player in Metal Gear Survive

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Getting Started in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

If you’re like us, you’re excited about booting up Age of Empires: Definitive Edition available now on Windows 10. Perhaps, like some of us, your Age skills have gotten a bit rusty. Or maybe you’ve never played the classic real-time strategy game at all! Not to worry: the Age of Empires: DE team put together a quick primer to help you come out on top in this celebration of gaming history. How to Win There are three ways to win Age of Empires: Definitive Edition: Conquest – Destroy all enemy units and buildings Ruins/Artifacts – Hold all ruins or artifacts for 2000 years of in-game time Wonder – Build a wonder that stands for 2000 years of in-game time Conquest is... Read more: Getting Started in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Now Available Worldwide on Windows 10 PCs

Welcome back to history! Today is an exciting day for us at Microsoft, as we celebrate the legacy of Age of Empires with today’s release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition worldwide on Windows 10 PCs. We created Age of Empires: Definitive Edition as a homage to all Real Time Strategy (RTS) fans and to PC gamers everywhere. The Definitive Edition brings back the original Age of Empires and its Rise of Rome expansion with 16 civilizations to explore and 10 campaigns to conquer. Fully remastered with beautifully enhanced graphics that support up to 4K resolution, an impressive orchestral soundtrack, brand-new narrative, major gameplay improvements, Xbox Live support for multiplayer and... Read more: Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Now Available Worldwide on Windows 10 PCs

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New Games with Gold for March 2018

Welcome to another Games with Gold reveal for Xbox One and Xbox 360! In March on Xbox One, take control of Sergeant Rex Power Colt’s cyber commando kids as they drive and shoot their way through a variety of environments in Trials of the Blood Dragon, then experience one of the most innovative and award-winning shooters in Superhot. On Xbox 360 and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, we'll start with the action adventure game based on the classic Disney-Pixar film Brave: The Video Game, followed by the challenging puzzle-platformer Quantum Conundrum. All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold,... Read more: New Games with Gold for March 2018

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Xbox CosPups Join Gaming Heroes to Celebrate the Year of the Dog

February 16 marks the start of Chinese New Year; a 15-day season of festivities across Greater China and within Asian communities worldwide, seeing people celebrate with family, feasting, fireworks, and good fortune rituals shared. This Lunar New Year we celebrate the Year of the Dog; the sign of the Chinese Zodiac that represents all the best characteristics we look for in a Player 2: bravery, loyalty, trustworthiness - a true companion and friend. At Xbox, we’re getting gamers excited about the Lunar New Year by taking the best traits of the Xbox universe and its beloved gaming characters and transforming these heroes into their canine alter egos! Xbox CosPups bring together the rich... Read more: Xbox CosPups Join Gaming Heroes to Celebrate the Year of the Dog

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Unleash Your Inner Ninja with an Exclusive New Avatar on Roblox

It’s a well-established fact that ninjas are the coolest warriors in the entire universe. They’re stealthy, mysterious, and versatile in battle! Naturally, it only seemed fitting to introduce one of our own renegade ninjas on Roblox as a unique playable avatar! Sharpen those kunai and get ready to hone your fighting techniques, Robloxians. Tohru, the “Phantom Claw,” is sneaking his way onto Roblox exclusively on Xbox One today for a special, limited-time-only price of only 200 Robux (50% off) from now until February 26! Who is Tohru, you ask? Well, aside from having quite a carnivorous appetite for grilled chicken and steaks -- much to the chagrin of his sensei -- he is first... Read more: Unleash Your Inner Ninja with an Exclusive New Avatar on Roblox

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Save on Awesome Games During the EA Publisher Sale

Xbox and EA fans! The Microsoft Store’s EA Publisher Sale is one of the most anticipated sales of the year, and it’s starting soon. Running for one week only, from February 20 to February 26, the sale offers the best prices on EA titles including Star Wars Battlefront II, FIFA 18, Madden 18, Battlefield 1 Revolution, Need for Speed Payback, Mass Effect Andromeda and more. The EA Publisher Sale has a mix of deals for fans that enjoy different genres of games across new titles, top sellers, and fan favorites. The sale includes deals for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 digital games, with some savings up to 75% off. Check your region-specific Microsoft Store to see the value of savings on a... Read more: Save on Awesome Games During the EA Publisher Sale

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